IATEFL LTSIG PCE - Brighton 2011

Interactive Whiteboards: From Methods to Madness

Learning Technologies SIG – Pre-Conference Event
15th April 9.30-16.30

Venue: Checkland building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton

Arrival with tea and coffee

Welcome; introduction to the PCE; programme of day

Get on Board Today I (presentation)
Connie Güntelberg
Audience: All
Make a Portable Interactive Whiteboard (workshop)
Matt Ledding
Audience: All

tea & coffee

IWBs & Dogme (discussion)
Luke Meddings
Audience: All
Get on Board Today II (hands-on IWB workshop)
Connie Güntelberg
Audience: limited to max. 30 people*

About Icebergs, snakes and the Cutty Sark (presentation)
Heike Philp
Audience: All


5 x 5 Minute Show and Tell (swapshop)
Participants share their ideas **
Audience: All

Practical Ideas for using IWBs (plenary)
Pete Sharma
Audience: All

Break with tea and coffee

IWBs – What are they good for? (panel discussion)
Facilitator: Graham Stanley
Panel : Paul Braddock / Connie Güntelberg / Matt Ledding / Luke Meddings / Pete Sharma / Peter Williams

Final round-up


* This workshop (max. 30 people) will be a hands-on practical session in creating materials for the SMART board. To get the most out of this session, we'll be using the SMART software in a room with 30 computers. As this workshop will be offered on a first-come-first served basis, please indicate if you would like to attend by sending an email to graham.stanley@gmail.com ASAP.

** To participate, please send an email to graham.stanley@gmail.com ASAP.

Wifi access will be available on the day for those participants that have pre-registered beforehand


Get on Board Today (Part I)
The presentation will deal with how the IWB may revolutionize the design of the classroom as well as the teaching of language and literature. Many believe that the IWB is only useful in primary school. It is not! Examples from everyday practice will show how upper secondary students in Copenhagen use the IWB.

Get on Board Today (Part II)
After the presentation, there will be a practical workshop. One thing is technology another how we can most effectively use it. Participants will therefore be engaged in exploring how various learning styles may be applied. Content plays a major role and has been neglected for many years. The workshop will put participants in the student’s seat which in this case means that you will be active.

Make a Portable Interactive Whiteboard
Can’t afford an IWB? Make one. (Or several...) Using a Nintendo Wii controller and the latest generation software you can have a portable digital whiteboard. You can set it up quickly, and carry it from class to class. (Great in situations where you may not have access to even a normal whiteboard.) Your students can copy the set-up on their own computer. Be producers, not consumers! (Feel free to bring your computer.) EASY!

IWBs & Dogme
At first glance, Dogme (teaching unplugged) doesn't seem to be compatible with the use of interactive whiteboards, but the book Teaching Unplugged isn't anti-technology per se. Dogme is against technology for technology's sake. The IWB can be used to promote the use of real content in the language classroom in place of the artificially created materials from coursebooks. This real content serves to create real discussions with these discussions becoming the basis of language learning.

About Icebergs, snakes and the Cutty Sark
In every virtual classroom, be it Elluminate, Adobe Connect, WizIQ etc., the central focus point is always the whiteboard. It is a truly interactive whiteboard because all of the participants in a live lesson can use it simultaneously. Teachers and students alike can upload and annotate slides, images, pdfs or simply use the empty whiteboard to draw, mindmap, conceptualise, brainstorm pros and cons and much more. Here, Heike Philp will present a number of teaching and learning activities by LANCELOT trainees and will showcase best practice examples on how to use a whiteboard in an engaging way. She looks back to having trained near to a hundred language teachers on how to use virtual classroom technology in the LANCELOT program and will present the highlights which bespeak of imagination and ingenuity in the use of the whiteboard for language learning.

5 x 5 Minute Show and Tell
Participants who wish to do so are encouraged to share a practical idea that works. Please contact graham.stanley@gmail.com in advance if you wish to participate in this.

Practical Ideas for using IWBs
There are a number of ways to use an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB): using the programmes already loaded on your computer, websites, blogs, wikis and more; using the proprietary software which comes with the board; using the latest ELT 'whiteboardable' software, or creating your own materials with the IWB tools. This session will explore these various approaches, and then present a range of new and exciting teaching activities selected from the presenter's latest book as co-author: 400 Ideas for using Interactive Whiteboards (Macmillan). These practical ideas will cover grammar,vocabulary, the four language skills, phonology, games and learner training.

IWBs – What are they good for? (panel discussion)
Are IWBs the white elephants that some accuse them of being? Can teachers make do with just a projector and Internet connection? Do they result in teacher-fronted sage-on-the-stage lessons? Are they now last year's technology now that handheld devices are entering more classrooms? Or can the IWB truly become the classroom's digital hub? Our panel will be answering these questions and more.


Paul Braddock
Paul Braddock is currently the Senior Teacher responsible for Professional Development at the British Council Young Learners’ Centre in Barcelona. He has
worked as a teacher of young learners in a variety of countries, including Portugal, Hungary, Japan and the UK. He is also one of the British Council project managers responsible for the ITiLT EU project, promoting best practice when teaching with IWBs for language teachers. ITiLT website: http://itilt.eu

Connie Güntelberg
Danish, with a Master’s degree in English and Music (University of Copenhagen 1984), Connie has 25 years of teaching at “Copenhagen School for the Teaching of Adults at Upper Secondary Level”. She gives courses and workshops about how to implement the SMART Board in language teaching all over Denmark and has given presentations in Hamburg 2008, DIDACTA Stuttgart 2008, and IATEFL Harrogate 2010. She is also Editor and CEO of www.boardbooks.dk , and her special interest area is Learning Technologies and pedagogy in language teaching.

Matt Ledding
Love for tech started at age 7, when he started studying BASIC programming from books, without access to a computer. Studied English Lit and theatre at the University of Saskatchewan then 4 years at L'école nationale de cirque de Montreál. Turned down offer to perform in a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas to street perform in Europe, then co-founded a company in Belgium, and performed for 5 years in seven different languages. Ran away from the circus to join a home. Did CELTA with IH Madrid, in the city where he now lives. He teaches high school two days a week and spends the rest of his time on projects including English Language shows (from VYL to adults), inventing magic tricks, being a toy for corporate execs, crazy adventures, being a dad (the craziest of adventures), and using his computer to have access to books to study programming.

Luke Meddings
Luke has been teaching, writing and training in ELT for 23 years. In 2000 he co-founded the dogme in ELT group with Scott Thornbury, and in 2009 they published a book (Teaching Unplugged) with Delta. In 2010 it won the British Council ELTON award for innovation. His current interests include the application of unplugged approaches, the ways in which English changes in different contexts (and the implications of this for teaching), and music.

Heike Philp
She is CEO of let's talk online, which is a teacher training organisation in language learning in real-time via the internet. She is co-initiator of both EU funded LANCELOT and AVALON projects. She runs her own online conference, the Virtual Round Table and co-owns the EduNation island in Second Life. Previously she held the position as Managing Director of LANCELOT School GmbH (2006-2010).

Pete Sharma
Pete Sharma is currently working as a Lecturer in EAP at Warwick University, UK, and is a freelance author and teacher trainer. He is a regular conference presenter at IATEFL, and has written several books on technology in language teaching. Pete is the Director of training for Pete Sharma Associates, a company which runs training in educational technology. Pete is also a member of the IATEFL Learning Technologies committee. Website: www.psa.eu.com

Graham Stanley
Current coordinator of the IATEFL LT SIG, Graham works as a teacher at the British Council Young Learner Centre in Barcelona, Spain, and as social media coordinator for the British Council, globally. With Paul Braddock, he co-manages the British Council's part in the ITILT EU project – the project aims to promote a more learning and learner-centred use of IWBs.

Peter Williams
Peter was the Assistant Manager of the British Council in Kulala Lumpur with responsibility for ICT, charged with introducing IWBs to the school in 2002, one of the first ELT schools to adopt the new technology. The experiences of the Kuala Lumpur centre helped to define how the British Council implemented IWBs globally. He went on to manage the BC in Abu Dhabi, which also adopted the technology, before moving on the Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group in 2008 where he was the Director of outreach English language programmes for the University, again overseeing the introduction of IWBs to university classrooms. He is now completing his Masters in Media Assisted Language Teaching at the University of Brighton, UK.

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